Level 2-Significant Drought in Neponset River Watershed: See Municipal Water Restrictions

Updated June 15, 2022 —

Significant Drought Declared for Southeast and Northeast Regions in MA

“With Massachusetts continuing to experience dry conditions in much of the state over the course of the last several months, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Beth Card today declared a Level 2-Significant Drought in both the Northeast and Southeast Regions of the Commonwealth.” Read more about MA drought status…


Outdoor water restrictions are put in place to ensure an adequate supply for drinking water and fire fighting — in addition to having enough water for agriculture and wildlife. Please do your part to reduce water use.


Scroll down the page to see individual town water restrictions within the Neponset River Watershed. The list was last updated on June 20, 2022. For the latest restrictions, check your town website.


Avon

  • Effective May 1, 2022
  • All outside watering must be by handheld hose only. No lawn sprinklers or automatic devices are permitted.
  • No outside watering is allowed between the hours of 9 am through 5 pm

Visit the Town of Avon Water Department website for more information.


Canton

Mandatory restrictions on outdoor water use are in place from May 1st through September 30th. Under these restrictions, non-essential outdoor water use:

  • Is limited to two days per week.
  • Must take place between 5 pm and 9 am.
Uses subject to this restriction include:
  • Irrigation of lawns via sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems
  • Washing of vehicles except in a commercial car wash or for operator safety
  • Washing of exterior building surfaces, parking lots, driveways, or sidewalks, except as necessary to apply surface treatments such as paint, stain, or stucco.

For more detailed information, visit the Town of Canton Water & Sewer Division website or call the Canton Water and Sewer Department at 781-821-5017.


Dedham (Dedham-Westwood Water District)

Mandatory Outside Watering Restrictions are implemented and effective May 1, 2022, due to lack of sufficient rainfall and dropping Neponset River level.

Until further notice, customers may water lawns:

  • in Dedham on Mondays and Thursdays
  • in Westwood on Tuesdays and Fridays

The hours of watering on permitted days are limited to 6-9 AM and 6-9 PM.

Questions should be directed to the Customer Service Office at 781-329-7090.

For the most up-to-date restrictions, please consult the Dedham-Westwood Water District website for water use restrictions.


Foxborough

Effective May 1, 2022:

  • Watering with sprinklers will be permitted at odd-numbered homes on Mondays and Thursdays only and even-numbered homes on Tuesdays and Fridays only from 6-9 pm.
  • Watering with handheld hoses is allowed every day before 9 am and after 5 pm.
  • No non-essential water use is permitted between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm daily and this includes washing your cars (other than commercial car washes), washing of walkways, building surfaces, etc.

If you have other questions regarding water use and conservation, please visit the Town of Foxborough’s Water & Sewer Department website or call the Water Department at (508) 543-1209.


Medfield

Effective May 5, 2022:

Due to an emergency equipment repair on Well #6, the well was taken offline. As a result, the DPW has declared an immediate Tier 4 water restriction.

  • Nonessential outdoor water use, except by handheld hose, is prohibited.

When elevated restrictions are in place, nonessential outdoor water uses that are subject to mandatory restrictions include:

  • Irrigation of lawns via sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems;
  • Washing of vehicles, except in a commercial car wash or as necessary for operator safety;
  • Washing of exterior building surfaces, parking lots, driveways, or sidewalks, except as necessary to apply surface treatments such as paint, preservatives, stucco, pavement, or cement.

The following uses may be allowed when mandatory restrictions are in place:

  • Irrigation to establish a new lawn and new plantings during the months of May and September;
  • Irrigation of public parks and recreational fields by means of automatic sprinklers outside the hours of 9 am to 5 pm;
  • Irrigation of lawns, gardens, flowers, and ornamental plants by means of a hand-held hose.

Water uses not subject to mandatory restrictions are those required:

  • For health or safety reasons;
  • By regulation;
  • For the production of food and fiber;
  • For the maintenance of livestock;
  • To meet the core functions of a business (for example, irrigation by plant nurseries as necessary to maintain stock).

Consult the Town of Medfield Water & Sewer Division’s website before performing any outdoor watering to check the current restriction tier. Alternatively, residents can call the Water & Sewer Division at 508-906-3002.


Milton

Water is supplied by Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA). Currently, there are no outside watering restrictions.

However, conserving water is always a good idea.  Click here for outdoor water conservation tips and programs from MWRA.


Norwood

Water is supplied by Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA). Currently, there are no outside watering restrictions.

However, conserving water is always a good idea.  Click here for outdoor water conservation tips and programs from MWRA.


Quincy

Water is supplied by Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA). Currently, there are no outside watering restrictions.

However, conserving water is always a good idea.  Click here for outdoor water conservation tips and programs from MWRA.


Randolph

Effective June 24, 2022, the Town of Randolph is at Phase 1 water restrictions.

Randolph has instituted a 5-tier system of water use restrictions. Specific restrictions are set based on current conditions.

Check the Town of Randolph Water & Sewer Division’s website before performing any outdoor watering for up-to-date information on what restrictions are in effect. Alternatively, residents may call the Randolph Water Division at 781-961-0942.


Sharon

Effective June 24, 2022:

Due to current drought conditions, ALL irrigation and sprinkler systems are banned until further notice. This applies to residential AND business properties.

Residents may use one handheld hose, fitted with a spray nozzle, without restriction.

Violators will be cited and subject to a surcharge on their next water bill. Violations will carry forward for three years.

  • 1st offense – Warning
  • 2nd offense – $50.00
  • 3rd offense – $100.00
  • 4th offense and subsequent offenses – $300.00

To report water violations, or for any questions, please call the Water Department at 781-784-1525 x2315

For further information and updates, please check the Town of Sharon’s website for water use restrictions


Stoughton

The Board of Selectmen voted on June 25, 2020, to institute a water ban.

This ban states that all non-essential water use is restricted to 1 day per week.

  • Addresses with even numbers are restricted to non-essential watering on Tuesdays before 9am and after 5 pm.
  • Addresses with odd numbers are restricted to non-essential watering on Thursdays before 9am and after 5 pm.

This water ban will remain in effect until further notice. Find more info on the Town of Stoughton website.


Walpole

Effective May 1, 2022, to October 5. 2022:  all outdoor water use shall be in accordance with the following policy.

LAWN WATERING/NEW OR ESTABLISHED LAWNS

  • Properties with odd-numbered addresses will be allowed to water their lawns on Mondays and Thursdays.
  • Properties with even-numbered addresses will be allowed to water their lawns on Tuesdays and Fridays.
  • Lawn watering between the hours of 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM on any day is prohibited.

OTHER OUTDOOR WATER USE

  • Irrigation to establish a new lawn or new plantings via sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems during this policy is only permitted during the months of May and September. No waivers will be granted during the months of June, July, or August.
  • Irrigation of public parks & recreational fields before 9 am and after 5 pm
  • Irrigation of lawns, vegetable and flower gardens, ornamental shrubs, and/or trees with a handheld hose equipped with a spring-loaded nozzle or watering can.

This policy is MANDATORY and shall remain in effect until Monday, October 5, 2022.  Violators of this policy are subject to fines or other enforcement actions as determined by the Board of Sewer & Water Commissioners.

While this policy may initially be sufficient to manage the increased seasonal demand, more stringent measures, and water use restrictions up to and including a total ban on outside water use may need to be imposed should conditions warrant.

For an up-to-date status on water use restrictions, check the Town of Walpole Sewer & Water Department website or call the department at (508) 660-7309.


Westwood (Dedham-Westwood Water District)

Mandatory Outside Watering Restrictions are implemented and effective May 1, 2022 due to lack of sufficient rainfall and dropping Neponset River level.

Until further notice, customers may water lawns:

  • in Dedham on Mondays and Thursdays
  • in Westwood on Tuesdays and Fridays

The hours of watering on permitted days are limited to 6-9 AM and 6-9 PM.

Hand-held hoses may be used at any time to water flowers or vegetables.

Questions should be directed to the Customer Service Office at 781-329-7090.

For the most up-to-date restrictions, please consult the Dedham-Westwood Water District website for water use restrictions.


 

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